Between key actors who worked on the concept of Digital Objects within the Research Data Alliance, the Swiss DONA Foundation and on implementing the FAIR principles in the GOFAIR initiative there is agreement about the fact that Digital Objects and the FAIR Principles [2] are steps towards convergence in the digital data domain and are complementary. The concept of Digital Objects with its capacities of abstraction, of binding all relevant information together such that machines can find it and its potential for encapsulation is a way to implement the basic FAIR recommendations and to facilitate the others.
This has also been indicated in the recent report of EC's FAIR implementation expert group [6] and in a recent workshop in Brussels. Assuming that the FAIR Principles are now widely known, in this webinar we want to present the concept of Digital Objects (DO), discuss it from a computer science and domain science perspective and present the DO Interface Protocol (DOIP) which has the potential to establish interoperability between repositories of digital data independent of the way they are organising their data and which data model they are using. 
14.00 Welcome & Introduction
14.05 Larry Lannom: Digital Objects - Concept and Impact
14.25 Dimitris Koureas: Digital Objects - their potential for Data Science
14.45 Christophe Bianchi: DOIP V2.0 - Basic Specification Aspects
15.05 Open Discussion (Moderator: Peter Wittenburg)
This webinar will be recorded and available through the GEDE (Group of European Data Experts)
web-site and it will be repeated in January 2019 to allow many to participate and ask questions.
More information about GEDE, the GEDE Digital Object Group and other GEDE activities can be found